Teenage Reading Month

Young people in Aberdeenshire will be encouraged to engage with words as Teenage Reading Month this week.

The third-annual festival will see a range of events taking place in Aberdeenshire libraries in March, in an effort to encourage teenagers to connect with literature of all kinds - books, e-books and audiobooks.

Locally, on Friday, March 22, the Metaphrog Graphic Novels team will visit Peterhead and Mintlaw academies, and Peterhead Library.

Teenage Reading Month has been supported by Total E&P UK since its launch in 2011. This year, young people will have an opportunity to win a Kindle Fire through a book review competition being run through the Aberdeenshire Libraries website, while there will be a range of author visits, book displays and discussions throughout the month.

The aim is to highlight the value that can come from lifelong learning through reading. Aberdeenshire Libraries Service offers a range of reading materials in its 36 branches and four mobile outlets, while the addition of the e-book lending service gives users the option to borrow from the comfort of their homes. The author visits are being supported by the Scottish Book Trust with the aim to encourage young people to read for fun.